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The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
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Mar 14, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

Don't you just love the cover? I do. It drew me to the book immediately. Luckily, the text lived up to the promise of the cover. What is it about? Why should you read it? It's a fairy-tale-esque book that is satisfying through and through. Our heroine, Lucinda Chapdelaine, is an orphan, now fifteen. Her parents left to attend a royal ball and never returned. Now, ten years later, Lucinda finds herself in a bit of a mess. Her evil step-mom Aunt treats her as a servant--and a stupid one at that. Her uncle is just as beaten-down as his niece. When her uncle dies, Lucinda finds herself homeless and friendless...

But I'm getting ahead of myself. It all begins one day at the shop--jewelry shop--when not one, but two interesting customers appear. One, an older woman, Beryl, leaves a large (but oh-so-mysterious) jewel at the shop for repair--she wants a new setting. The other a young man (and he's ever-so-dreamy) who makes our young heroine go all weak in the knees. Swoon-worthy and then some. This is only heightened when she learns he is not only fine, but royally fine--a Prince, Prince Gregor. He is seeking a special gift that says "forever" to give to his betrothed, a young lady whom he's never met.

When a visit from a priest prompts a command from the Aunt to return the jewel--he thinks the lady is a witch--Lucinda is given the task of returning the jewel. The Aunt fearing that if it is true, the bearer of the jewel might just become cursed if the "Amaranth Witch" is indeed a witch and becomes angry. But Lucinda...well...she doesn't return the jewel as ordered. Something compels her to hold onto it.

That night, a strange young man, Peter, appears demanding sanctuary in her bedroom. Rather than drawing attention to herself--and her uninvited guest--by throwing him out, she allows him to stay. On the floor. What she doesn't know is that he's a notorious thief. The jewel in her pocket, not quite as safe as she thinks...

These three strangers--whom she met within a very short amount of time--will change Lucinda's life for better or worse. It all comes down to whom she chooses to trust...and how much she's willing to risk for her happily-ever-after-ending...
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Lumi nicely said...

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